Streak ends after 13 games

    Hansi Flick was sober and angry on the sidelines in his debut defeat as national coach. Exactly two months before the first group game at the World Cup against Japan, the German national team not only lost their group victory in the Nations League in a 0-1 (0-1) win against leaders Hungary, but also lost their hopes with an extremely poor performance in Leipzig a successful tournament in Qatar rocked. The rearing up after the break fizzled out unsuccessfully.

    Former Bundesliga professional Ádám Szalai (34) shocked the DFB-Elf, led by Thomas Müller as captain, with an artificial goal with his heel in the 17th minute after a corner kick by RB Leipzig playmaker Dominik Szoboszlai, who was also very conspicuous.

    The 39,513 spectators in the sold-out Red Bull Arena saw a home team that lost possession a lot and acted unimaginatively against the compact defending Hungary in many phases.

    The offensive Bayern trio Müller, Leroy Sané and the replaced Serge Gnabry appeared in the national jersey as unlucky as in the club dress. Next Monday everything can only get better in Wembley against England than in the first defeat in the 14th game under Flick. Significant: It was also the first Flick game without a goal.

    The 23-man squad for September’s Nations League games

    Goal: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (FC Barcelona)

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    These 23 players are part of Hansi Flick’s squad for the Nations League games against Hungary on September 23 in Leipzig and three days later in London against England.

    Goal: Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)

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    Goal: Oliver Baumann (TSG Hoffenheim)*

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    *Was nominated for Manuel Neuer

    Defence: Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton FC)

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    Defense: Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg)

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    Defense: Robin Gosens (Inter Milan)

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    Defence: Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United)

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    Defense: David Raum (RB Leipzig)

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    Defense: Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid)

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    Defense: Niklas Süle (BVB)

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    Defense: Nico Schlotterbeck (BVB)

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    Midfield/attack: Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern)

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    Midfield/Attack: Ilkay Gundogan (Man City)

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    Midfield/Attack: Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

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    Midfield/attack: Jonas Hofmann (Gladbach)

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    Midfield/attack: Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern)

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    Midfield/attack: Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg)*

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    *Was nominated for Julian Brandt

    Midfield/attack: Thomas Müller (FC Bayern)

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    Midfield/attack: Jamal Musiala (FC Bayern)

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    Midfield/attack: Lukas Nmecha (VfL Wolfsburg)

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    Midfield/attack: Benjamin Henrichs (RB Leipzig)*

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    *Was nominated for Marco Reus

    Midfield/attack: Leroy Sané (FC Bayern)

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    Midfield/attack: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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    The DFB selection could hardly have started their hot World Cup phase more sluggishly. Without Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka, who were infected with Corona, Flick’s professionals couldn’t find their way into the game at all and remained unimaginative and harmless throughout the first half. Unlike the Hungarians. Former Bundesliga professional Szalai got the ball before Müller and hit it perfectly. New representative Marc-André ter Stegen could only look puzzled.

    Flick’s reaction, who got up from his coach’s seat visibly annoyed, showed what he thought of the way the game went. The Hungarians defended skillfully and were simply better at this point with little effort. The German World Cup contenders couldn’t get into their rhythm, many technical errors and turnovers prevented a reasonable build-up of the game. Ter Stegen also had to save against Dániel Gazdag after the DFB selection had been caught off guard by a free kick from Hungary, who had four Bundesliga players (25′).

    “We want to win the Nations League,” Müller announced in the “ZDF” preliminary report. The 33-year-old had the first semi-promising chance with his header in the 39th minute, but RB professional Péter Gulácsi was just right in the Hungarian goal and held the ball.

    The frustration of the fans was great, Leipzig’s Szoboszlai was thrown with a paper ball during the first half before taking a corner kick. At the half-time whistle, the DFB professionals heard loud whistles from the spectators.

    All 32 tickets awarded: These teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup

    England – World Cup appearances: 16th

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    France – World Cup appearances: 16th

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    Brazil – World Cup appearances: 22

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    Portugal – World Cup appearances: 8th

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    Germany – World Cup participations: 20

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    Spain – World Cup appearances: 16th

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    Argentina – World Cup appearances: 18th

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    Belgium – World Cup appearances: 14th

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    Netherlands – World Cup appearances: 11th

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    Uruguay – World Cup appearances: 14th

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    Serbia – World Cup participations: 3

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    Croatia – World Cup appearances: 6th place

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    Denmark – World Cup Participations: 6th

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    Senegal – World Cup appearances: 3rd place

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    Switzerland – World Cup participations: 12

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    Morocco – World Cup appearances: 6th

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    United States – World Cup appearances: 11th

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    Mexico – World Cup appearances: 17th

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    Canada – World Cup participations: 2

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    South Korea – World Cup appearances: 11th

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    Cameroon – World Cup appearances: 8th

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    Ecuador – World Cup appearances: 4th

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    Australia – World Cup appearances: 6th

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    Tunisia – World Cup appearances: 6th

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    Saudi Arabia – World Cup appearances: 6th

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    Costa Rica – World Cup appearances: 6th

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    Flick reacted with a change for the first time during the break: Gnabry had to stay out, Thilo Kehrer came into play and Jonas Hofmann went on the offensive. The order after the first unsettling 45 minutes was clear: more courage, much more clarity in the game ahead. Sané forced Gulácsi to make an initial strong foot defense in the 51st minute. The DFB selection now played visibly harder and tried more and more often to rebel against the deficit with quick combinations.

    Timo Werner failed after such a game against his Leipzig teammate Gulácsi (57th). The conspicuous driver Joshua Kimmich, who showed the most effort, tried a long-range shot (60th). In the 69th minute, Kai Havertz came on for Werner and Jamal Musiala for Ilkay Gündogan.

    A little later, however, Ter Stegen had to save against substitute Martin Ádám (72nd). In the final phase, the DFB selection pushed for an equalizer, but often played too hastily. Ter Stegen also prevented the 0:2 against substitute László Kleinheisler (86th).

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